Final Question 2 by kaey somorin

This article talks about how the former president Al gore launched a cable news network, current. The network was established to help young people become citizen journalists. The network was run on the idea of reader moderated news content just like slashdot. This meant that viewers did not only watch the network but also helped in the production. this approach to the network received a lot of disappointment from the public because the original plans to pay large number of idependent filmmakers failed as ameteur producers were being paid for amateur productions. Although the criticism Al- gore stuck to this approach because he believed that this approch would diversify civic culture. the article also talks about BBC (British Brodcasting Network) and how they began digitizing large segments of their network. Cinvergence is one of the main points of this article. “covergence does not depend on any specific delivery mecahnism” (Tropin Pg 279) covergence is being embraced by the media iondustries fro several reasons. covergence based stragies help exploit the advantages of media conglomeration. Convergence also has helped encourage participation and collective intelligence. Convergence of the media industry is pushed by corporations and consumers. Another point made in the article is how people are learning and participating in knowledge cultures which are outside the formal education setting. “The convergence of knowledge culture is due to the demands thats consumers place on media”(Tropin Pg 289). The article is then concluded by talking about how convergence culture is where old and new media collide. convergence culture is described to be the future and consumers will be more powerful within this culture.

Television in its online format differs from cable television. in terms of cost, you pay $60 or more per month, while TV online is the price of a high-speed internet connection. Cable television upgrades may contain considerably undesired programming, while online TV lets for a “pick and opt for” selection. “TV is hardware-driven, upgrades commonly call for installation of upgraded components. Conversely, world-wide-web TV is software-driven so upgrades are much easier to obtain and install, often at no price”.

Online TV has had it’s downsides: a s they “lag” and it is  not a “couch-friendly” medium, but the benfits of convenience and affordability outweigh the downside.

Television in the 60’s allowed families gathered around to watch the news depicting a changing social climate and growing hostility toward an oppressive government. Americans begin to get more news from the television than the newspaper.

In the 80’s televison was focused on more space edge. Televisions became more portable and affordable. imply put, we’re used to it. The 80’s saw little innovation with the television specifically; however, there became a growing number of television accessories like the VCR and home game consoles like Nintendo. Although cable had been around since the 50’s, cable television saw a significant boom during the 80’s.

Social media websites like youtube do help enhance democracy as they allow individuals to post their views online. it is a way in which indviduals express themselves. if you go on youtube you would find millions of video from topic ranging from sex to politics.


Elliot King, Russell Cook, and Mitchell Tropin, “Currents in Communication.” Dubuque, IA 2010. Print


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